One of the many perks of the business travelling lifestyle is the constant potential for running into famous fliers. Nothing breaks up the monotony of the airline experience better than a great celeb-spot, and according to testimonials from members of USA Today’s ‘Road Warrior’ contributors, these events can have a radical effect on the executive’s approach to work.
1. Jimmy Carter – Road Warrior Lou Heckler said that taking a flight alongside the former US president, who shook the hand of everyone on the plane, gave him new perspective on humanity in leadership roles.
2. Neil Diamond – A frequent flier testimonial from a journey with the singer records his incessant lyric-writing throughout the trip. ‘I always thought of him as a troubadour, and it turns out he is a worker bee,’ Richard Laermer said of Diamond. ‘It made me think a great deal about the creative process.’
3. Muhammad Ali - Road Warrior Ed Grooms says he cherishes the memory of his Los Angeles-Philadelphia flight with Muhammad Ali sitting next to him in 1999. He says the effects of Parkinson's disease on the former heavy-weight champion were apparent, and the encounter taught Grooms to appreciate his good health.
4. Alec Baldwin – The actor’s argument with airline staff over a smartphone game back in 2011 was the stuff of celebrity legend. Less of a star spot than a star exhibition.
5. John McEnroe, Tatum O'Neal, Stevie Wonder and Vin Scully – All spotted by one keen-eyed (or very well-travelled) business man, Richard Boyd.
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